Hillary Clinton says Republicans will be the "death party" if they pass

— Senate debates the bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said senators will have an opportunity to offer amendments to add to or change the bill.

"We agreed on the need to free Americans from Obamacare's mandates".

Nearly immediately, the pro-Trump group America First Policies chose to launch what a source with the group says will be a major television, radio and digital ad buy against Heller - a remarkable attack on a member of Trump's own party whose seat is endangered in 2018.

Sen. Johnson sat down with NBC26 Friday morning and said he's pushing back on what he calls an "artificial deadline" because he needs more time to make an informed decision.

He said he wouldn't vote for a bill that that "takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans", which is sort of the bread-and-butter of Republican health policy. "There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums".

"This bill that's now in front of the United States Senate is not the answer", Heller, a moderate who is up for re-election in 2018, said at a news conference in Las Vegas.

The plan keeps some popular parts of Obamacare. I will continue to stand with my fellow mayors and the American people to fight for real, affordable health care for all.

But it then allows states to opt out of that requirement. For example, he said, both bills would phase out the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, but the Senate bill would do it more slowly.

Those waivers would allow state to drop benefits required by Obamacare, such as maternity coverage, mental health care and prescription drug coverage.

He also says the privatization of Iowa's Medicaid services has hurt the state's health care system. And like the House bill, the Senate's legislation rolls back the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which helped give insurance to more than 11 million people. And like the House bill, it would restructure Medicaid, imposing per capita spending caps.

Photo Senator Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada, at the White House in March. That program is jointly funded by the states and the federal government. She says the reduced subsidies and the Medicaid cut will have direconsequences for thousands, young and old, "Some of our kids that are disabled will be taken off because there won't be enough money to take care of them". "That's what I want", however, he acknowledged that changing the bill in order to do that is "going to be a very hard lift" because of the conservative senators who are against the Medicaid expansion.

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